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Meet Your Ambassador

KAI
DES MOINES, IOWA

My name is Kai (rhymes with hi) and I am excited to be an ambassador for Des Moines. I am originally from Washington D.C. and was not raised in an environment that promoted being outdoors. I never hiked as a kid. Camping was out of the question. We were city people. Asphalt was our thing, not sleeping bags.

Years later I met my husband, Corey. He is a Midwestern man, through and through. It was with him that I experienced my first trip camping. He convinced me to trying primitive camping at Red Rock Lake in Iowa. I didn’t have anything ‘outdoorsy’ to wear so I wore a pink dress. It was a campsite that we had to bike to and I complained. We had coffee the next day and I was pissed that there was no creamer.

I was not prepared for my first time camping. I wasn’t prepared mentally, emotionally, or clothing wise. I hated camping. It was outside of my comfort zone. However, I pushed through. I went camping again. I made better decisions regarding what I wore. I made sure that I had creamer. I was more prepared. Since then I have fallen in love with being outside. It gives my introverted soul piece.

I tell the story of my first time camping with the hopes that anyone who is not sure about Women on Adventures can understand that this group is about growth. We don’t expect anyone to be an expert on the outdoors. And that resonates with me.  


jodi

Meet Your Ambassador

jodi
DES MOINES, IOWA

Hey Fellow Adventurers, I am Jodi!  I feel extremely blessed to be serving as an ambassador for the Des Moines outpost! After an abusive marriage followed by a nasty divorce a number of years ago, I decided that my time for living in fear and under the control of another person had passed.

It may seem silly but my path to adventure occurred though purchase of a pair of running shoes. Yes, running shoes! I had not been active in years, could not afford a gym membership, but laced up those shoes and hit the pavement. My youngest child rode his scooter next to me as me clicked off the miles. I grew stronger with each and every run. After my confidence increased so did my desire for more adventures and to test my physical and emotional limits. A number of years, tons of experiences, a few bruises, sprains and tears, I continue on this quest.

The greatest win through all these experiences and adventures are the truly inspirational, amazing women I have met along the way! I made a career change to professional leadership and life coach this year and am embarking on the journey as WoA ambassador in hopes that I can empower other women through experiences and adventures to see they are so much stronger than they know! Oh and we are sure to create new friendships, laugh and love along the way! See you out there ladies!